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Monthly Archives: October 2010

The Social Network

How much of Ben Mezrich’s book The Accidental Billionaires, which chronicles the founding of Facebook, is factual and how much is fanciful is murky at best. This will probably be debated ad nauseum by tech writers and other pundits for years to come. Whether or not the book makes a compelling – maybe even great – film is much more clear-cut. Simply put, the answer is yes.

In titling his film adaptation The Social Network, director David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en) highlights the irony of his subject matter. Who would’ve guessed Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) could create a site dedicated to socializing despite his apparent inability to carry on an actual conversation without being condescending, petty or vindictive?

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Movie news round-up

Although two movies I’ve been looking forward to for awhile (The Social Network and Let Me In) are now playing, I’ve been AWOL from the theatre lately. No worries, I’ll get to them eventually. Actually, Let Me In will have to wait for DVD since its already disappeared from my local theatre. I will definitely be seeing The Social Network this weekend though.

In the meantime, I’ve been keeping a close eye on movie news, so here’s a quick rundown of some things you might’ve missed in the last couple of weeks… Read more of this post

Max Manus

A strong central performance from Aksel Hennie and a fresh look at the Norwegian perspective on World War II make Max Manus an engrossing, but not quite fully realized film.

Opening in 1939 with the Winter War between the Soviet Union and Finland, co-directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg follow Manus as he returns to Norway and joins the resistance movement. Hennie portrays Manus – one of the war’s most daring saboteurs – as a fierce patriot. “Why do you want to be a saboteur, Max?” asks a colonel early on. “My country was stolen from me, sir. And I want it back,” comes the simple reply. Read more of this post